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King’s Hawaiian Recipe Contest 2021 Winners

Congrats to the finalists and winner of the King’s Hawaiian Recipe Contest! These ten sandwich creations really impressed the judges with their culinary creativity and versatility in showcasing King’s Hawaiian buns!

Each of these chefs will receive a King’s Hawaiian Prize Box  and additionally, our Grand Prize Winner will take home a  custom blade from Meglio Knives, a fresh Lei, and a custom Koa Wood Cutting Board.

Congrats chefs! Scroll below to see the fantastic King’s Hawaiian sandwiches created by our 10 winners and check out the rest of the incredible entries for this contest at the hashtag #KingsHawaiianRecipeContest2021 on Instagram!


Chef Ryli Vissers

Triple Pork Belly Smash Burger / Spiced Pineapple Mustard Chutney / House made Pickles / Maui Wowee Fried Shallot Rings / Frisée with Sweet Onion Dressing / Spam-oli  / Sesame Seed & Hawaiian Red Salt Butter toasted King’s Hawaiian Bun


Chef Travis Gary Peters

“Queso Birria Burger”

Beef Fat toasted King’s Hawaiian Bun / Cheese Crisp / Grass-fed Beef / Birria / Oaxacan Cheese / Pico de Gallo / Green & Red Salsa / Lime

Chef Alfredo Vargas

Smoked Pork Belly Burger / Granny Smith Apple / Micro Arugula / Blue Cheese / Chipotle Glaze / King’s Hawaiian Bun

Chef Saul Jauregui 

Al Pastor marinated Pork Belly with Chicharrón / Avocado Salsa Cruda / Cotija Cheese Crisp / Grilled Pineapple / Cilantro / Shaved Onion / Radish Salad / Toasted King’s Hawaiian Bun

Chef Zoe Adelstein

“Zoe’s Bacon Jam, Egg & Cheese”

Muenster Cheese⁠ / Smoked Cheddar Cheese⁠ / Truffle Salted Arugula⁠ / Salted Tomatoes⁠ / Bacon Jam⁠ / Fried Egg⁠ / Garlic Habanero Hot Sauce⁠

Chelsea Madren

“The Mixed Plate Sandwich”

King’s Hawaiian Bun /  Teri Chicken / Sriracha Mayo / Teri Beef / Mac Salad / Green Onion

Chef Ken Dempsey

Shrimp Burger / Creamy Avocado / Spicy Remoulade / Crunchy Purple Cabbage / Butter Toasted King’s Hawaiian Bun

Chef Ryan Stipp

Beer Braised Blackened Chicken / Mexican Street Corn Aioli / Pickled Onion / Smoked Cheddar / Avocado Lime / Salsa / Blistered Mini Bell Peppers / Butter Toasted King’s Hawaiian Bun

Chef Coty Seaver

“The King Cristo”

Cob Smoked Ham / Honey Turkey / Sharp Cheddar / Gruyere / Onion Jam / King’s Hawaiian Bun / Battered, fried & dusted with sweetness & served with fruit preserve

Chef Nathan Keeney

“The Turducken Burger

Blackened Turkey Burger / Duck Bacon / Cornbread Jambalaya Patty / Chicken Andouille smothered in Holy Aïoli